Progress Report

It has been a while since I’ve done a progress post. That’s mostly due to the fact that I haven’t made much progress. Well, so I thought. January was a bit rough on the diet and exercise front, with the mister and I fluctuating up and down quite a bit. But we broke out the tape measure this past weekend. Lo and behold, we were making progress without realizing we were.

Measurements trump the scale

I see it a lot, that the scale is not always the best indicator of where you are. But we never really believe that, do we?

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We want to believe that that horrible, mocking number on the device of doom somehow is our end all and be all. Which is why we put so much stock in it. A good number can make you feel on top of the world, while a bad number can send you spiraling into depression.

The Clothes Test

After several weeks of the mister not going down at all, and my own numbers barely budging (or worse, creeping upward), I knew we had to get the measuring tape out. Neither of us were dealing with clothes that were too tight. In fact, hubby just bought a shirt in a size large! And the size 24’s that I bought just a little too tight to be comfortable are now fitting as nicely as my now loose 26’s did. So what gives?!

Had Anything Changed?

We weren’t eating any differently. If anything, we’ve been more diligent on the low-carb front since the discovery of Fathead dough. But we have increased the weights we use for our daily workouts. I went from 1lb dumbells to 5lb. The mister went from 2lb to 8lb dumbells. That’s a big change. I knew we had to be dealing with some muscle increase, but there might have been more going on.

So I did Some Research…

Turns out, part of the issue could have been the muscle gain, sure. But more likely, what we’ve been dealing with is muscle inflammation. It seems that we’ve been seeing the scale go up the more we work out with the heavier weights. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re going to stop working out. It just means we need a few more weeks for our bodies to adjust.

Still, I’m pretty certain that most of the issue was actual muscle gain, due to the measurements we took after our last disappointing step on the scale.

Oh wow.

The last time we did measurements was in November. At that point, the mister was at his lowest weight of 229.1 with a body fat percentage of 19.5. This week, his weight was at 237.3 with a body fat percentage of 19.4. Yeah, you can see where this is going right? Higher weight, lower body fat? He lost a total of 4.25″ off his body measurements that we track. A full inch of that was off his belly! He now has a healthy waist measurement!

But what about my progress?

Well, despite having stalled out around 275 (274.7 to be exact) my measurements dropped dramatically. I went from 279.2 with 55.5% body fat in November to 274.7 with 53.5% body fat. So I lost 4.5 lbs, and lost 2% of my body fat. Oh…and 15.5″ off my measurements.

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Of course, there is a downside to that. 3″ of that loss came off my boobs. At least I have plenty to spare in that department! But that was also 2″ from around my ribs, and 1.5″ off my waist and hips. And by the way, squats kick ass. I lost an inch and a half off each of my thighs. EACH.

Not a Bad Start

The year is still just beginning and I have a long row to hoe to hit my goals, but I’m going to get there. If I don’t hit my goal of 250 by our anniversary, I’m hoping to at least get into a size 22. That would be a size smaller than I was on our honeymoon.


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Weekend Weigh-In

Welcome to the weekend weigh-in! This week seriously just flew right by, and I’m not sure where it all went. I suppose as we get closer to Christmas, life just gets that way.

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Still, there were some definite ups and downs throughout the week. So let’s just jump into what went down this week.

The Good

Well, I went to the doctor this past Monday. That sounds like it could be bad, and the reason for going isn’t great, but the outcome was pretty great. I haven’t been on the scale at the doctor’s office since back in May. Had they not asked me to, I would have asked to get on it so they could record the change. It was a great feeling to step on there and see the nurse’s face when she looked at my last number.

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Even better when she calculated it and said I’d lost 10% of my body weight! Of course, I was there to talk about my blood pressure, which was going down slowly, but still elevated for me. We decided on the course of a low dose of blood pressure medication sans diuretic. I go back after the holiday to have my blood pressure checked in the office again, but so far, I’m seeing good results with my home meter.

The PA I saw said that she is confident that if we continue what we’re doing, then I should be off the medication in a few months, tops. That’s the goal.

The Bad

I’m still dealing a bit with the injury from the fall I took the week before last. Recovering from this hasn’t been pleasant, and definitely caused a set back for me in my exercise. I’m still experiencing an occasional bit of pain in my knee when I put pressure on it, but at this point, it is getting much better.

I kept my step count lower than usual but raised it back to 15k. I still wasn’t able to do a full workout, but we continued with the 5-minute beginner cardio from HasFit.com. I’m looking forward to getting started on the whole Beginner Workout program this coming week. I can’t wait to see what kind of results we might get from it.

Looking Ahead

This coming week is going to be a bit hectic. We’re in the final stretch before Christmas, so I’m pushing to finish the one gift that I’m making and to get a few others mailed out. As I mentioned above, we are planning on restarting our workout program this week, and I’ll be bumping my steps back up to 20k a day. Given my results this week, I’m hoping to be under 275 when we weight next Saturday. That will be a happy birthday present for myself.

Yes, that’s right, my birthday is coming up next Sunday. I’m going to be 39. How the hell did that happen? Ugggghhhhh. I do not feel 39. Can I just roll the clock back about 10 years? That would feel more appropriate. Oh well, time marches on. At least it is not advancing across my face yet!

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I’m down.

My biggest goal for year 39? Get down to 200lbs. That means 1 ½ lbs a week for a year. Doable? Maybe. But that’s the goal, and I’m going to do my best to hit it. My ultimate goal is 140, and I’m hoping to be there by birthday number 41. But that’s way down the line. For now, I’m going to concentrate on making 39….Amazing.

Weigh-In Results:

Date: 12/09/17

Weight: 276.0 | -1.6

Body Fat %: 55.0 | +0.1

BMI: 47.4 | -0.3


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Weekend Weigh-In

Oh, Sunday, why do you have to show up every week to remind me that tomorrow I have to go back to work? Can’t I just stay home tomorrow and play the new Assassin’s Creed while pedaling my elliptical? I suppose not.

Oh well, it was a fairly good week, and a rather interesting weekend as far as progress. So, let’s just jump into the update!

The Good

Monday’s trip to the dentist ended up going very well. The rest of my mouth was planed and now it’s a matter of upkeep and one filling that will be done in two weeks. But given how sore my mouth was after the numbness finally wore off (almost 6 hours until it was completely gone!) I had a soft dinner, which meant I wasn’t counting carbs or calories. I just wanted to eat anything.

Anything turned out to be one snack pack of sugar-free jello and an entire container of Greek Gods Strawberry and Honey Yogurt. Holy cow that stuff is so good. Due to not being able to feel my mouth and not wanting to risk ending up wearing my lunch, I didn’t eat any, so by dinner, I had no self-control.

Still, I hit a new milestone this week by dropping down into the 270’s which means that I have hit more than 70lbs lost!

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The Bad

Oh god did we overdo it yesterday. And you know, we didn’t really eat a whole lot more than we normally do on cheat day. I just think that we’re about to hit another of those “It’s so good, but I just can’t have it anymore” moments.

I think the biggest mistake was eating dinner and dessert way too close to bedtime. We both ended up with horrible indigestion all night. I always take a Zantac before bed. Last night I took a second one at about 3 am, and I still had issues!

We both woke up this morning with sugar hangovers. It’s a real thing! I suppose that it’s actually a good thing. We’ve been cutting sugar out so much that when we do eat it, we have a bad reaction to it. Given that I used to eat an entire bag of gummy Lifesavers without issue, and yesterday I couldn’t eat more than 10, I’ll take the trade-off.

Measurements

Date: 10-28-17

Weight: 279.5 | -0.9 | Total: -70.5

Body Fat %: 55.6 | +0.1 | Total: -3.4%

BMI: 48.0 | -0.1 | Total: -12.1

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Here’s to another great week and another loss! Bring on Monday. I’ve got this.


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Are You Up for a Challenge?

Are You Up for a Challenge?

If it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you. - Frank Devito

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”

I’ve seen this quote a lot while picking through memes and pictures for my daily motivation posts on Facebook. Coined by Fred Devito, co-author of Barre Fitness, I think I want to get a poster of this quote and plaster it everywhere.

When we are going about our daily lives, we generally stick to the things that work. We get into a routine and it becomes our normal. We rarely deviate from our schedules and routines. Until we are faced with a challenge, that is.

Life is ChallengingWhat do I mean by challenge?

Challenges come in many different forms. It could be a detour on our normal way to work that forces us to deviate from our route and discover a path that might take two more minutes but it passes by a beautiful park you decide to visit come your next day off. Maybe you had a pipe burst that ruined the carpet on your first floor. After the initial anxiety and frustration wear off, you might decide to finally get that hardwood flooring you’ve always wanted to put down but you’ve been putting it off because of the time and expense.

Or it could be a test result from your doctor that puts you on a medication and motivates you to make changes in your life that will get you to a healthier state. The point is, we rarely make changes until we are forced into it. The trick is to make the best of the new situation you find yourself in.

I find it challenging to fit everything I want to do in a day into the 24 short hours that I have, and at times it is difficult to see where my priorities are, or should be. But I have one particular priority that will never change again: taking care of myself.

No matter what challenges come my way, I will never again allow myself to fall into the thinking that I can take care of myself tomorrow. Tomorrow often becomes never.

Does it have to be earth-shaking?

Now, not every challenge is life-changing, but they do change us over time, in small ways, all the time. I have begun to see the benefit of setting specific challenges for myself. Right now, I’m doing the Inktober challenge for my artwork. 31 days of ink drawings following a specific prompt. My drawing hobby was starting to fall by the wayside, and I needed to get myself going again. I get frustrated because I’m not an amazing artist, but by working at it a little each day, I’m beginning to see steady improvement in my technique.

My drawing hobby was starting to fall by the wayside, and I needed to get myself going again. I get frustrated because I’m not an amazing artist. But by working at it a little each day, I’m beginning to see steady improvement in my technique. I’ve enjoyed it so much that my hubby surprised me with a new list for November so I can keep going.

Last month, I debuted my first shot at making a few 30-day fitness challenges. The mister and I did them faithfully, every single day. And it was killer! It gave us a set number of specific exercises to do each day. We kicked ass all month and each day it was challenging to complete just one more rep than the day before.

All good things must come to an end, however, and we completed the challenge on Thursday.  So, in keeping with my topic today, I have created a new fitness challenge for the next four weeks!

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4-Week Total Body Challenge

Keep in mind that you can do these exercises with weights, without weights, and modify them as you need to, including the number you do. The important thing is to do what you can and challenge your limits.

Are you ready to challenge yourself? Join me in kicking ass for the next four weeks by printing out Melting Mimi’s 4 Week Total Body Challenge.


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Choose Change

Choose to Change

Why Do I Want to Change?

There are a lot of people out there these days that are all about big is beautiful and calling out body shaming and every size is sexy and beautiful. I’m not here to rain on anyone’s parade, but some days I feel like it’s damned if I do change, damned if I don’t change.

There are some out there who would call me a disgusting pig because of my weight. Then there are those that insist that if you try to lose weight, you’ve obviously been brainwashed by the patriarchy.

“How can you live like that? How can you eat that? Don’t you care about your body at all?”

“Why would you want to lose weight? Can’t you just love yourself the way you are? Embrace your curves!”

Well, I’ve got two middle fingers, and I think both of these camps deserve them.

Let’s Talk about Shamers

No one wants to be fat. Let’s just put that out there right now. Here’s a page of 38 Diets from 2016 that only scratch the surface. We wouldn’t have so damn many if people actually liked being fat. I’ve never met anyone who enjoyed not being able to find their size in a store or getting winded walking up the stairs to the bathroom. Do you really think that when you tell someone they are fat that you are telling them something they don’t already know?

Thanks, Captain Obvious! I never knew! I’ll get right on that.

The worst ones are the ones that make fun of people who are working out at a gym, walking or jogging down a street, or taking a yoga class. Screw you, asshole!

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Okay, now that we’ve talked about those jerks, let’s talk about the other group.

Let’s Talk about Embracers

I’m all for showing more body types in advertisements, showcasing some plus size models, and not making fun of people for their weight. But these people who are trying to make it sound like its normal. This is NOT the normal state of a healthy human body. Keyword: Healthy.

Being overweight, being obese, is NOT Healthy. I don’t care if you work out every single day and you eat cleaner than Gweneth Paltrow, if you are overweight, you are not healthy. Period. If you have an excess of body fat, then your body is working too hard. And if you are pushing the narrative that it is perfectly acceptable to be overweight, you are a part of the problem. Do I think that I’m ugly because I’m overweight? No, I don’t. I know that there are people who think I am. But their opinion doesn’t matter to me, because the people who love think I’m beautiful, including me. But that doesn’t mean I think society at large should have to change what is considered beauty. Being healthy is even more beautiful!

But I’m healthy, right?

I am severely overweight. Fitting into the morbidly obese category, I’m also pretty sure I’d be a candidate for weight loss surgery if I really wanted to give it a shot (which I don’t). I also do 21,000 steps and strength training every day, with a good 30 minutes of cardio dancing 2-3 times a week. Six out of seven days I eat healthily.

I am not healthy. I’m not even CLOSE. But I’m getting there. Every day I get a little closer to the goal of being healthy. There is a difference between being fit, and being healthy. There are some people who are overweight, but they are extremely fit. And that fitness offsets some of the problems that come with being overweight. I’m beginning to get to that point. I can go 10 miles a day on my elliptical and I’m almost ready to increase the weight I’ve been working with. But I still have a long way to go.

Now, I’m not saying that if you are overweight you are any less of a person. Absolutely not. There is nothing wrong with YOU as a person if you are not healthy, but we need to stop pretending that its okay to not even try.

I love my body and my life. I want to have it for a long time to come. In order to be here for another 40 or 50 years, I have to change. Change is hard, but it is oh so worth it.

I Deserve Change


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How to Love Your Body More

Hi, I’m Mimi and I love my body. You would think that someone who was, until recently, over 300lbs would have a difficult time saying that. But I do. I love my body. It is an amazing place to live.

That said, I don’t always LIKE my body. Who does? It has aches, it has rolls, it can be messy, and it can be weak. But for the most part, I do like it. And I think a lot of that love for my body comes from my system of self-care.

Self-care, really?

We hear a lot about self-care and how important it is to love your body no matter its shape or size, and there are a lot of tips out there on how to improve your self-care. We read these ideas and think, too-expensive, too time-consuming, too selfish, too, too, too. Continue reading

What a Difference a Year Makes

Some days are just so much better than others. Occasionally, you have one of those days where everything goes wrong, and then there are days where things just seem to be going right. I’m pretty sure it has to do with the mood you are in when you leave the house.

As I finished getting ready for work this morning, I was having such a good hair day that I decided to take a picture. And then I thought maybe I should take a progress picture. After I took the picture, I looked back at some of my others and boy did my mood lift.

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Please Excuse My Crazy

Did you know that if you work out when you’re angry, the workout is easier? I didn’t know that until last night! Apparently, a disagreement with the mister was just what I needed to push that extra rep last night when I’m normally begging myself for mercy.

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Hubby and I don’t fight often. And when we do, I can pretty much be assured that Aunt Flo will make her appearance very soon. I’m normally a fairly even-tempered person, but I have a disorder. Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (or PMDD) to be precise.

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Weekend Weigh-in: 09/09/17

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That’s right, it’s that time again! I’m not entirely thrilled with my numbers this week, but it is what it is. I know that I’m not going to see a great loss every week. The important thing is that I still saw a loss.

And my clothes are really starting to fit loosely. That is a wonderful feeling! I think part of it is that we’ve been not just doing our steps this week, but we’re up to 20 reps on all our 30-day challenge exercises and we danced three times this week. Maybe we’re building muscle? That’s what I’m hoping at least.

My wedding and engagement rings are spinning on my finger too. Not enough to slide off without a little bit of resistance, but they are getting pretty loose. So my take away this week was:

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We did have a lovely cheat day though! We went to Golden Corral for breakfast, and then we went and walked around the Mile High Market, Big Lots, and 2nd & Charles. I managed to find a new food processor that might make my next foray into cauliflower a little easier, and a few new (used) books.

Then we went to Maria Empanada for lunch. Wow! We’d seen this place on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and it was so good. One veggie, and one beef empanada for me, and they were delish. Definitely making another trip there, it was well worth the drive up to Denver.

Dinner was just Papa Johns, but this time, I limited my slices, and I feel a good bit better than the last time we ordered from there.

Now it’s time to do our exercises for the evening and get ready for another early morning tomorrow!

Date: 9-09-17

Weight: 285 | -0.3

Body Fat %: 55.9 | -.04

BMI: 48.9 | -0.1

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Weekend Weigh-in: 09/02/17

Progress.pngGood morning world! This morning, I had a war with my scale. And I won. Ha! Bite me, Aria. We actually have two digital scales in our bathroom. One of them will not measure our body fat percentage to save its life, the other is our Fitbit Aria. Now, I love the Aria, don’t get me wrong. It’s awesome that I can step on there and it automatically sends my new stats to Fitbit and MyFitnessPal. However, it can occasionally have battery issues. We’ve held on to the old one for just-in-case moments after making sure that they are both equally accurate.

This morning, I stumbled to the bathroom for weekly weigh-in and stepped onto the Aria. It said I’d gained half a pound. Step off, step back on. Now, it says I’ve gained a whole pound!

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So, I decided to pull out the other scale. Step on. Hey! It says I’ve actually LOST a pound. Step off. Step back on. Same reading. Step off. Step back on. Same reading.

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Soooooo…I step back on the Aria. I’ve lost a pound. Apparently, the Aria was like, “Okay, okay, fine, here’s the real reading. You caught me.”

So, after my battle with the scale this morning, here are my stats!

Date: 09-02-17

Weight: 285.3 | -1.0

Body Fat %: 56.3 | -1.0

BMI: 49.0 | -0.1

Bust: 57.5″

Waist: 53″

Hips: 58.75″

R. Thigh: 29″

R. Calf: 17″

R. Bicep: 14.5

I do a few other measurements, including my lower thigh, above and below the bust, and the left side of course, but these are indicative of my measurements for this month. I forgot to measure in August! So, going off my measurements from July 14th, I’ve lost a total of 12.1 lbs, and 3 inches overall. No wonder my clothes are fitting loose!

So, onward to my cheat day. Did you know that pumpkin spice lattes are back at Starbucks? Yeah. You know where I’ll be.

 

 

Say Aaaaaaaah!

dentistToday, I made a trip to the dentist. It was the first time in seven years that I’d been there for a scheduled appointment instead of an emergency. When you don’t have dental insurance, going to see the dentist tends to take a backseat in priority to the potential cost. At least until you can’t sleep because one of your teeth is throbbing.

In the past three years, I’ve had to have a root canal and three teeth pulled. Right now, I’m trying to save the rest of them. Dental health is no joke people! Painful teeth make it difficult to eat right, they can interfere with your activity level, and you may not even know how much they are affecting you until they are taken care of.

I’ve suffered from sensitive teeth for years now. I thought using (insert leading sensitive toothpaste here) would solve this problem, but I kept getting more and more sensitive over time. After I had one of those teeth out (these are all back teeth, btw), the sensitivity in my front top teeth, while not completely gone, has been drastically reduced.

Keep in mind now, I brush on the daily and I try to remember to floss. I’ve gotten a lot better about remembering and my gums haven’t been so sensitive lately. So today, I went in for a cleaning.

They ended up numbing the upper left half of my mouth and had to do a total resurface below the gum line. I’m not kidding when I say that I thought I had been doing a good job. And I only actually have one cavity right now that needs to be filled. But I need three more appointments for them to do the same on the other side, and each side on the bottom.

Now, I know, this sounds horrendous and painful. But since they numbed my mouth, I honestly didn’t feel much of anything. I am lucky to have a great dentist who has been extremely understanding and compassionate.

But when we talk about taking care of our bodies, we need to talk about taking care of our whole bodies, including our mouths. They are how we nourish ourselves! And given that gum disease is linked to not just to tooth loss, but also heart disease, diabetes, and dementia (yeah, I’m not kidding about that, see sources below), it is so important to take good care of our teeth and gums.

Even if you don’t have insurance, there are a lot of dentists out there that will work with you on payment plans, Care Credit is a great resource that makes paying for dental work easier, and there are other dental care plans out there that can help. Don’t put off seeing your dentist any longer than you have to. Just like preventative care at the doctor, dentists are there to help stop problems before they become disasters.

How Plaque and Gum Disease Affect Your Health

Periodontal Disease and Systemic Health

Oral health: A window to your overall health

 

That Diet is So Yesterday

Have you ever tried a fad diet? I know I have. There are SO many of them out there, and they all promise you a miracle. Lose 10 pounds in 10 days! Lose 4 inches off your waist in a week! Detoxify! Eat this, not that!

The one thing that every fad diet has in common is that they make claims that sound too good to be true. Because they are.

That 10 pounds in 10 days was water weight. That 4 inches, is probably because you just spent that week in the bathroom. Detoxifying is a myth, and let’s be honest, cutting out foods, or even full food groups, is a recipe for failure.

Then there are the diets that say: “Lose weight without any exercise!” And the exercise plans that say: “Lose weight without having to diet!” Except there’s a caveat to each of those. When you read more about the diet, it always says “results not typical,” or “pair with exercise for even better results”. And then you look at the exercise program and it says “results not typical” or “pair with our healthy eating plan for even better results.”

Why is that? Because the results aren’t typical and using diet without exercise, or vice versa, isn’t going to get you much of anywhere.

But Mimi, surely there has to be some easy way to lose weight?! Folks, the truth is: No, there isn’t. There are a lot of ways out there that really do work. And not a one of them is easy. They ALL take effort. They ALL take commitment. They ALL take determination. They ALL require some sacrifice and they ALL require you to make changes to your lifestyle.

There is no miracle pill, diet, plan, or shake. There is just the decision to be better tomorrow than you are today. Until you are ready to make that commitment to change, you aren’t going to change.

I know that sounds harsh, but it is a hard truth that I had to face. There was no easy way to lose the weight I need to lose. There was no easy path back from diabetes. There is no shortcut to a smaller pants size. But that doesn’t mean you have to change everything all at once!

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Baby steps. Start with small changes and add in a new one every few days, or even every few weeks. When you start making little changes and keep building on them, before you know it, your life will look entirely different.